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Six Aboriginal and Indigenous Australians who inspire us

NAIDOC Week is one way to recognise the unique and enduring relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the lands and territories now known as Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples represent the oldest and richest cultures on earth. Their cultures, lore, ceremonies, and connections to land remain strong.

NAIDOC Week recognises and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.

In line with this year’s theme – Always Was, Always Will Be – we recognise First Nations peoples have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

Here are six Aboriginal and Indigenous Australians who inspire us, and what we have learned from them.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that some of the following content contains images of people who have died.